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Sean Brewer Set for Oct. 10 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, Presented by Fidelity Investments
Millsaps (Miss.) and the National Football Foundation will jointly honor Brewer, a 2015 College Football Hall of Fame inductee, as the Majors host Centre (Ky.).
Published: 10/8/2015 1:00:00 PM
(Pictured: Millsaps [Miss.] and the NFF will jointly honor Sean Brewer with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, Saturday, Oct. 10, during the game between the Majors and Centre [Ky.].)

IRVING, Texas  (Oct. 8, 2015)
– Millsaps College (Miss.) and The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced today that they will jointly honor Sean Brewer with an NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute, presented by Fidelity Investments, Saturday, Oct. 10, in Jackson, Miss., during the game between the Majors and Centre (Ky.) Coverage of the game will start at 2 p.m. ET on http://portal.stretchinternet.com/millsaps/.

“I felt very blessed, honored, and appreciative,” Brewer told Millsaps’ The Purple and White. “It still hasn’t sunk in yet because it’s such a large stage, [but] I am very blessed and humble. I have to give my Creator a lot of credit for [blessing] me physically to a certain extent and mentally… At the same time, there were a lot of other people—my family that supported me and other players and coaches that had a lot to do with [my success]. Football is a team sport and very rarely can one person be successful without a lot of other pieces working together. A lot of people deserve the credit for [my success].”

The NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salute program, which began with the inaugural class in 1951, has become a hallowed tradition, and to this day the singular events remain the first of numerous activities in each inductee’s Hall of Fame experience. During the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes, each inductee returns to his alma mater to accept a Hall of Fame plaque that will remain on permanent display at the institution. The events take place on the field during a home game, and many inductees cite the experience as the ultimate capstone to their careers, providing them one more chance to take the field and hear the crowd roar their name.

“Sean Brewer is the only defensive lineman in Division III history to earn First Team All-America honors three times, and he has cemented his place as the most dominant defender in Millsaps history,” said NFF President and CEO Steve Hatchell. “He is the perfect choice to become the first Major inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and we are thrilled to honor him in front of the Millsaps faithful at Harper Davis Field.”

One of only five players in Division III history to be named a three-time First Team All-American, Brewer twice earned Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year honors during his career from 1989-92. The only three-time All-American in conference history, he was a First Team All-SCAC selection all four years of his career.

Brewer’s 435 career tackles rank fourth in conference history, and he owns the SCAC and school records for solo tackles in a season, racking up 99 in 1992. Brewer remains the Majors' all-time leader in solo tackles (332) and quarterback sacks (52), and he ranks second in total tackles with 435. Playing for coach Tommy Ranager, he also set the college’s single-season record with 15 sacks his senior season.

In recognition of his outstanding career, the Division III Defensive Lineman of the Year Award was named the Sean Brewer Award in 2013. He is a member of the SCAC’s 15th Anniversary Team, and he earned induction into the Millsaps Hall of Fame in 2004.

After receiving his degree in 1993, Brewer went on to a successful career in education. In 2010, he was named the NASSP/Virco Assistant Principal of the Year for the state of Mississippi while working at Ridgeland High School. Brewer currently serves as principal at Rosa Scott High School in Madison, Miss.

Including the 2015 class, only 963 players and 209 coaches have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame from the nearly 5.12 million people who have played or coached the game over the past 147 years. In other words, only two ten-thousandths of one percent (.0002) of those who have set foot on the gridiron have earned the distinction. Click here for a complete list of players and coaches in the Hall.

The 2015 College Football Hall of Fame Class will be officially inducted at the 58th NFF Annual Awards Dinner, held at New York City’s historic Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Tuesday, Dec. 8. This year’s College Football Hall of Fame Class includes: Trev Alberts (Nebraska), Brian Bosworth (Oklahoma), Bob Breunig (Arizona State), Sean Brewer (Millsaps [Miss.]), Ruben Brown (Pittsburgh), Wes Chandler (Florida), Thom Gatewood (Notre Dame), Dick Jauron (Yale), Clinton Jones (Michigan State), Lincoln Kennedy (Washington), the late Rob Lytle (Michigan), Michael Payton (Marshall), Art Still (Kentucky), Zach Thomas (Texas Tech), Ricky Williams (Texas) and coaches Bill Snyder (Kansas State) and Jim Tressel (Youngstown State, Ohio State). For more information, please contact Will Rudd at wrudd@footballfoundation.com or by calling 972.556.1000.

Remaining Scheduled 2015 NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes
Presented by Fidelity Investments
(Chronological Order)

DATE

INDUCTEE

SCHOOL (YEARS PLAYED/COACHED)

OPPOSING TEAM

Oct. 10

Sean Brewer

Millsaps [Miss.] (1989-92)

Centre [Ky.]

Oct. 10

Trev Alberts

Nebraska (1990-93)

Wisconsin

Oct. 10

Coach Jim Tressel

Youngstown State (1986-2000)

Illinois State

Oct. 24

Ricky Williams

Texas (1995-98)

Kansas State

Oct. 29

Ruben Brown

Pittsburgh (1991-94)

North Carolina

Nov. 14

Bob Breunig

Arizona State (1972-74)

Washington

Nov. 21

Dick Jauron

Yale (1970-72)

Harvard

Nov. 27

Lincoln Kennedy

Washington (1989-92)

Washington State


The 2015 season marks the sixth season that Fidelity Investments, a leading provider of not-for-profit workplace retirement savings plans to higher education employees, is serving as the national presenting sponsor of the NFF Hall of Fame On-Campus Salutes. The salutes are one component of a multi-year initiative between the two organizations to celebrate the scholar-athlete ideal and a joint commitment to higher education. At the start of the 2014 season, Fidelity became the presenting sponsor of the William V. Campbell Trophy, college football’s premier scholar-athlete award, which will be presented for the 26th time in 2015. Other highlights of the sponsorship include Fidelity becoming the first presenting sponsor of the organization’s prestigious NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards and helping launch the NFF Faculty Salutes Initiative, which recognizes the contributions of the faculty athletics representatives around the country.


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About The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame
Founded in 1947 with early leadership from General Douglas MacArthur, legendary Army coach Earl "Red" Blaik and immortal journalist Grantland Rice, The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame is a non-profit educational organization that runs programs designed to use the power of amateur football in developing scholarship, citizenship and athletic achievement in young people. With 120 chapters and 12,000 members nationwide, NFF programs include FootballMatters.org, the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, The William V. Campbell Trophy presented by Fidelity Investments, annual scholarships of more than $1.3 million and a series of initiatives to honor the legends of the past and inspire the leaders of the future. NFF corporate partners include the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl, Fidelity Investments, Herff Jones, New York Athletic Club, Pasadena Tournament of Roses, PrimeSport, SKP, the Sports Business Journal and Under Armour. Learn more at www.footballfoundation.org.

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